Synnack is the artistic moniker of Clint Michael Sand, experimental electronic artist and creator and host of the user community for Max for Live on www.maxforlive.com. Starting in 2007, Sand teamed up with Jennifer McClain aka 0xf8 to create live visuals for Synnack performances, in which custom footage is remixed and manipulated in real time. We recently spoke to Clint and Jennifer about their unique, reactive audio-visual performance setup.
With the first batch of Push units soon to arrive, we’d like to share some videos that illustrate a few of the possibilities with Ableton’s new instrument. We sent some Push units to Ableton Certified Trainers around the world - now we’d like to introduce a new regular series, Push on Film, where we’ll showcase some of our favorite videos of Push.
Paul Maurer loves percussion, and goes to great lengths to design just the right sounds. Whether it's an acoustic sample, signal processing in Max, or a toy being struck against a desk, Paul has made a name for himself and his company, Uppercussion, as a purveyor of first-class drum sounds.
Since its release, Robert Henke's Monolake Granulator has been one of the most popular instruments for Live. Working with granular sythesis, the Monolake Granulator creates a constant stream of short crossfading samples from a source sound.
Part of a new set of Creative Tools in Live 9 Suite, the MonoSequencer is a versatile Max for Live device for sequencing notes and expressions. In a new two-part tutorial, Max creators Cycling '74 demonstrate some of the features of Mono Sequencer.
After finding an antique toy harmonium at a flea market, Melbourne-based Winterpark got to work creating a custom Instrument rack for Live 9 that incorporates Live's effects, plus the LFO and Device Randomizer tools that are new in Live 9 Suite.
Based in Toulouse, France, Les Siestes Électroniques hosts concerts, workshops, and club nights focusing on emerging and established electronic musicians and digital artists. Last Fall, Les Siestes Électroniques sent a delegation to Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, to conduct Ableton Live workshops with local musicians.
Ableton Live 9 comes with a number of exciting new sound packs, including Soniccouture's Konkrete Breaks. Featuring drum kits, individual samples, and MIDI breaks assembled by six London-based artists, Konkrete Breaks is a malleable set of drum sounds and MIDI clips that work easily in Live. We spoke to James Thompson, sound designer and co-founder of Soniccouture, about the making of Konkrete Breaks.
Ableton Live's native effect devices are excellent tools for both subtle and extreme sound design. Two new tutorials from MacProVideo cover the wilder end of things, looking at digital distortion effects with Redux and Erosion, then making "demonic" voice effects using the Vocoder a transposed sample.